The classic New Orleans liqueur, first created back in 1874.
An icon of the American South, this liqueur was created by bartender Martin Wilkes Heron, when he worked at McCauley’s Tavern, which was found just off New Orleans’ famous Bourbon Street. The original drink was called “Cuffs and Buttons”.
The original recipe was based on high quality Bourbon, to which Wilkes Heron would add (according to spirits historian Chris Morris): “An inch of vanilla bean, about a quarter of a lemon, half of a cinnamon stick, four cloves, a few cherries, and an orange bit or two. He would let this soak for days. And right when he was ready to finish, he would add his sweetener: he liked to use honey.”
The brand was purchased by Brown-Forman in 1979, before being sold to Sazerac (a fitting owner given their New Orleans history) in 2016. Sazerac restored the drink’s original whiskey base, as Southern Comfort had switched to using a neutral grain base sometime prior to Brown-Forman’s purchase.
The current version of Southern Comfort serves up delicious flavours of whiskey, herbs, peaches, oranges, lemons, vanilla, toffee and brown sugar.
Delicious served with lemonade, Southern Comfort (or SoCo, as it is sometimes known) is also a vital ingredient in the Scarlett O’Hara, Steamboat and Alabama Slammer cocktails.